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Arsenal legend reveals how her father tried to make her a Tottenham fan

My father tried to make me a Tottenham fan, but I rejected the idea and became a proud Arsenal legend

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Arsenal and England captain Leah Williamson has opened up about the tough decision she faced when selecting her football allegiance, torn between her family’s divided loyalties to Arsenal and Tottenham.

In a revealing interview on BBC’s The One Show, Williamson recounted the dilemma she encountered, with her father supporting Tottenham Hotspur and her mother fervently backing Arsenal. 

Forced to choose between the two clubs, Williamson candidly shared her experience: “My dad is Spurs, my mum is Arsenal so I was handed a choice. My dad took me to my first game which was a Spurs game and then I went with my mum to the Arsenal. I obviously chose correctly.”

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Opting to follow in her mother’s footsteps, Williamson joined Arsenal’s Centre of Excellence at the tender age of nine in 2006. Her journey to the first team culminated in a momentous debut at the age of 17 in a Champions League quarter-final clash against Birmingham City.

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Since then, Williamson has etched her name into Arsenal’s illustrious history, clinching a Premier League title and two FA Cup victories. Despite the family divide on derby day, Williamson humorously remarked, “It doesn’t” when asked about the dynamics at play.


Following her recent return from an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury that sidelined her during last year’s World Cup, the 27-year-old has made six appearances this season as Arsenal strives to challenge for the WSL title against rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.

Looking ahead, Williamson remains focused on both Arsenal’s women’s and men’s teams in what promises to be a pivotal weekend. While she gears up for Arsenal’s clash against Everton in the WSL on Sunday, her attention will also be on Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Mikel Arteta’s side faces a crucial showdown that could sway the Premier League title race.

Although Williamson won’t be present for Sunday’s derby, she hopes that family tensions can be kept at bay in her absence as both teams vie for victory in their respective matches.

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